Trustees of the Waikato Graduate Women Educational Trust

Te Ohu Tuku Tohu o ngā Raukura Wāhine Mātauranga o Waikato
Anne McKim

Anne McKim

Trust Chair

Anne worked in the tertiary sector for over 35 years. She is Emeritus Professor of English at Waikato University and has held positions overseas, including Academic Visitor at the University of South Carolina and Lynn Wood Neag Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut. She has also been an educational researcher (2006-12) on a wide range of projects and from 2012-14 was part of a multidisciplinary project, Re-Envisioning Tertiary Education, focused on threshold concepts.

Anne has a PhD from Edinburgh University, an MA from Manitoba University and an MA (Hons) from Dundee University. She joined NZFUW in the 1990s.

Noeline Alcorn

Noeline Alcorn

Noeline has wide experience in the education sector, including 14 years as Dean of Education at the University of Waikato. She has published widely in educational history and policy and has chaired a number of national educational committees. She has a long-term commitment to promoting educational opportunities for women and was awarded a Suffrage Medal in 1993. In 2006 she was awarded a QSO.

Noeline holds a PhD from the University of California, an MA from the University of Canterbury and a BA from Victoria University of Wellington. She has been a member of the Federation of University Women since the early 1960s.


Laura Hawksworth

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Ko Laura Hawksworth ahau.

Laura has worked as a primary teacher, a Resource Teacher of Māori and as a lecturer in teacher education at the University of Waikato. Laura has been the Tumuaki at Tōku Māpihi Maurea Kura Kaupapa Māori for the past 20 years. She is currently a dual leader of the Tainui Kāhui Ako. She is passionate about education, in particular Māori medium education.

Tracey Hooker

Tracey Hooker

Tracey Hooker is a Principal Academic Staff Member at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) where she has worked for the past ten years after teaching in the early childhood education (ECE) sector for twelve years.  She currently holds the roles of ECE Academic Leader and Research Leader in the Centre for Education and Foundation Pathways.  Tracey is an educational researcher and her research interests include assessment for learning, ePortfolios, peer-coaching and field-based initial teacher education.    Tracey is passionate about encouraging women, particularly ECE students and teachers, to be involved in educational research to further develop their careers and to promote the importance of ECE, nationally and internationally.

Tracey holds a PhD, a Masters of Education, and a Bachelor of Education all from the University of Waikato.

Catherine Lang

Catherine Lang

Catherine has worked as a primary school teacher, in the Department of Education, and in teacher education at the University of Waikato. She has been involved in feminist and social justice activity across her adult life, and has been a member of the Waikato Branch of the Federation of University Women (now Waikato Graduate Women) since the 1980s. Catherine has a PhD from the University of Waikato, and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Educational Institute.


Janis Swan

Trust Awards Committee Convenor

Janis is an engineer who has worked in industry and led the development of engineering at the University of Waikato.  She has a long-term commitment to encouraging more women to consider engineering as a career.  Janis has a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and MTech and BTech from Massey University.  Janis has been on several science funding boards and is currently a member of the Earle Educational Trust Board.  She is a distinguished fellow of Engineering New Zealand, a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology and a Member of the New Zealand order of Merit for her contribution to Engineering.  Janis has been a member of the New Zealand Federation of University Women (the predecessor of the Waikato Graduate Women’s Educational Trust) since the early 1970s.

She is the Convenor of the Trust’s Awards Committee.


Sarah Treble

Sarah works as Business Manager for the Annah Stretton Foundation and its 
three charities RAW, Kia Puāwai and The Good Collective.  She is
 passionate about community-led initiatives leading the way to empower
 women and is actively involved with Zonta, which advocates for equality for 
women and girls, including through education.  Sarah is a Chartered
 Accountant who brings a wealth of business expertise to the Trust.